By on July 21, 2011

WardsAuto is a great source for industry news, but it’s pretty clearly not the best source for enthusiast news. Take, for example, a recent interview with Dodge SRT boss Ralph Gilles about the forthcoming compact Dodge and its possible SRT version:

“The Neon put the whole street-tuning scene on its ear with the factory turbo. We have to figure out how to get an entry-level SRT product to capture the next generation.”

The car to which Gilles refers will be a Dodge C-segment sedan derived from the same platform that shoulders the highly acclaimed European-market Alfa Romeo Giulietta offered by alliance-partner Fiat…

While Gilles is adamant that a high-performance C-car would be a welcome addition for Chrysler, he stops short of saying it’s a done deal, noting internal plans still are being hammered out.

However, it’s unlikely the entry-level model would share the 470-hp 6.4L Hemi V-8 shared by its SRT brethren introduced at the event here. [emphasis added]

Say it aint so, Dodge! I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned it’s just not a true successor to the Neon SRT-4 unless it’s got a Hemi V8… damn Italians! Seriously though, how cool is it that Wards considers a V8-powered Fiat-based compact merely “unlikely” rather than “a surefire sign of the apocalypse”?
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12 Comments on “Quote Of The Day: That Fiat-Based Compact Got A Hemi? Edition...”


  • avatar
    Zammy

    No need for the 6.4L. I’d be delighted to be able to purchase a factory 5.7L in a Giulietta derivative.

    Of course, being an American, I’d like mine to be a sedan and not a 5-door.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    As Chrysler headed full speed ahead toward bankruptcy, and their engineering and marketing answer to this issue was to slap Hemi on every bit of sheet metal they sold; I’m convinced if they could have shoehorned a Hemi into the Dodge Neon, they would have.

    • 0 avatar
      windswords

      Are you sure? Hemi’s to my knowledge only came in the larger trucks, cars, and SUV’s. The list of vehicles that don’t have a Hemi option is much longer than those that do:
      No Hemi :-(
      Caliber
      Compass
      Patriot
      Sebring
      Avenger
      PT Cruiser
      Journey
      Nitro
      Liberty
      Town & Country
      Caravan
      Viper
      Dakota
      Wrangler

      Hemi baby!
      300
      Charger
      Grand Cherokee
      Ram pickup

  • avatar
    uncleAl

    A Fiat with a Hemi.
    That should be reliable.

  • avatar
    Lokki

    Uhm, my 71 Alfa Spider has an all aluminum dohc hemi-headed straight 4……

  • avatar
    ciddyguy

    Could be a typo for all I know but a V8 in a C segment compact? Not in this day and age, especially if Fiat and Chrysler can come up with a 40mpg car to finalize the remaining 5% of the Fiat/Chrysler deal.

    That said, perhaps a Hemi head on an inline 4 would be more like it as a possibility if anything.

    And if Chrysler keeps to the spirit of the Giulietta and it’s hatchback body then they could then offer an model in a hot hatch variety to compete with the likes of the Golf GTI and its ilk through taking a lesson or two from Abarth and call it the SRT-4.

  • avatar
    joe_thousandaire

    Jack Baruth: your dream car is ready.

  • avatar

    Maybe Sajeev or Baruth can weigh in on this one. Perhaps using the transaxle out of a 5.3L Impala SS, you could mount a Hemi in a FWD vehicle. Not sure if there’s enough room under the hood, but I bet you could cobble together a Moper/Hydramatic FWD powertrain.


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